INTERESTING: AT THE conclusion of the movie Crumb, a graphic states that R. Crumb left the U.S. to live in “southern France.” But your high-tone critics Joel E. Siegel and Mark Jenkins, referring to the same place, use the lofty, inflated phrase, “south of France” (Film, 5/26). The French, however, have never designated any province, district, or department in France as the south of France. Why do aesthetes persist in using that phrase?
Well, no matter. To feel better about myself from now on I’m going to live in the north of Virginia, rather than where I thought I had been living, and this evening in our neighborhood softball game I’ll be playing the left of field, against a rival team from somewhere in the east of Maryland.